New York is known to have plenty of options for just about anything – bagels, coffee, pizza, and bike shops are no different. With so many options available to us, it can be hard to choose which one to roll your bike into for service or to purchase a new one. That being said, online bike shops offer many of the same options as a brick and mortar, but you miss out on the sense of community in your local scene, the personal expert advice from the shop team, and being able to see a range of options all at once. There’s something to be said about walking into a bike shop and glancing at all the bikes, gear, and of course that fresh new tire smell – I mean how could you pass that up. Whether you’re looking for premium road parts for your bike, a new bike or rental, mountain bike pedals or a basket to attach to your handlebars, I’ll be giving you a full breakdown of my favorite go-to NYC area shops that are local or online that have everything you need.
Brick & Mortar
Brands Cycle & Fitness is one of my favorite bike shops. They’ve been around for over 50 years and expanded into one of the largest bike shops serving the Long Island community. I’ve been going here since I was a kid and with little money in my pocket my friends and I would ride in on our BMX bikes and glance at all the parts in the BMX department. They have everything you need if you’re a BMX rider from pegs, tires and grips. I always loved grabbing stickers there too. 25 years later the shop remains just the same. They have a wide selection of road, mountain and BMX bikes, as well as shoes, apparel, parts, nutrition – you name it.
They also have what many other bike stores don’t and that’s fitness equipment. If you’re looking for a treadmill, you can walk in to try them out and talk to the fitness department about what you need. What I think stands out the most about Brands Cycle is customer service. Just a few moments after entering the store a staff member will greet you and ask you if you need help. While I know this may be the standard approach for all shops, the experience is just different. The repairs department is top-notch and the mechanics there know what they are doing. Many of them also ride bikes and specialize in road, MTB or BMX so you’re in good hands.
If you’re on the south shore of Long Island, check out this shop.
718 Cyclery is one of those shops that from the moment you walk in you feel like you’re in the right place. This could be because of the abundant amount of Surly Bikes they stock cough cough I’m a Surly fan, or the antique-like feel to the interior of the place. Joe, who is the owner of the shop is a super cool guy with an architecture background with a tasteful sense of design and you’ll get that feeling once you walk in. Rapper Ice Tea who visited the shop years ago coined it “The Mercedes Benz of Bikes”.
While it’s a small shop, the knowledge of the staff, vibes, and a wide selection of bikes make it much larger. I’ve had several wheels built for my custom bikes done here and they stay true every time. My more recent build was my WTB KOM Tough 27.5 plus wheel set that I use on my Surly Ogre. I’ve ridden the wheels over hard terrain and have never had problems. So if you’re in the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn, I recommend stopping in.
SID’s bikes started from humble beginnings. They started as an auto repair shop some 40 years ago and later transitioned to one of Manhattan’s best bike shops. If you’re a roadie this place has it all. They stock some of the best high-end road bikes you’ll find in the city and on top of that, the staff members know their stuff. They’re in one of the hot spots of Manhattan located on W 19th street between 6th & 7th avenue so when you drop your bike off for repairs, I recommend checking out some of the local eateries & Café’s or staying in the store and chopping it up with the staff.
Address: Chelsea (Manhattan) – 228 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011 Phone: (212) 206-6949 Website: www.bicyclehabitat.com
Park Slope (Brooklyn) – 560 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Phone: (718) 783-3609
Bicycle Habitat brings back memories. I first found out about this place after getting a flat tire riding home from work when I first moved to the City. At the time I was living in Brooklyn and would commute daily to work to Uptown Manhattan on my fixed gear bike. I caught a pinch flat in the Soho neighborhood and it happened right down the block from their store at the time. Everything happens for a reason, right? After grabbing my tube, I decided to give the place a gander.
The shop was so big that they had different departments on one block. One location was for repairs and the other was the pro shop with bikes, gear, and apparel. The staff there are super nice and years later I went back there to purchase my Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bike which I took across the U.S. This store has since moved to the Chelsea neighborhood and they also have a second location in Park Slope. Ride or walk into this shop for the full experience.
NYC Velo is one of those shops that have more than what you’re looking for. Whether it be a custom road build, touring bike, gravel bike, or a frameset they’ve got you covered. They have brands that are relatable to my style of riding and stock some of the latest apparel and gear that are hard to find in other shops. What I dig about this place is that the staff that works here either raced or ride daily and you can even run into them often in the city. A few of them also do bike touring too. The shop I go to is in the East Village but they also have another on the westside.
Larry’s Freewheeling is a small bike shop in the heart of the Harlem with an island vibe. I used to go here all the time when I used to work in the area if I needed a spare tube or a bike tune-up. I’ve recently built a relationship with Larry for bike rentals for my guided bike tours that I lead out. He offers a great price of just $8 an hour or $36 for the day. The bike rentals are nice and clean unlike bikes you’ll find from the local Citi Bike bike share. Whether you’re looking for a new bike, rental or tune-up, stop in here for the friendly service. If you plan on waiting for your bike to get tuned up I recommend heading to Café Amrita next door for a coffee and hang out outside.
While I’m a native New Yorker at heart, I first found out about King Kog bike shop when I visited them while in Oakland, CA. They hold down the scene on the west & east coast for the fixed gear community. Whether you’re looking for a vintage track bike, daily commuter, or a tube – this place has it all. What I like about King Kog is that they stock fixed gear components. Rare finds like Nitto stems, bars, and classic parts, while at the same time keeping it modern with the latest cutting edge components from the bike industry. Whether you are in New York or California check them out.
Other bike shop listings by neighborhood
JS Cycle – 1842 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10026 Phone: (212) 222-0555 Web: www.jscycle.com
Innovation Bike Shop – 105 W106th St, New York, NY 10025 Phone: (212) 678-7130 Web: www.innovationbikeshop.com
Champion Bicycles and Skateboards – 896 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025 Web: www.championbicycles.com
Bolt Bike Shop – 247A Fredrick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10027 Phone: (917) 261-2343 Web: www.boltbikeshop.com
Talent Cycles – 502 W139th St, New York, NY 10031 Phone: (212) 368-5609, Web: www.talentcycles.com
Eduardo Bike Shop – 2131 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10029 Phone: 212) 722-2808
Tread Bike Shop – 250 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10034 Phone: (212) 544-7055
Bicycle Renaissance – 430 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024 Phone: (212) 724-2350 Web: www.bicyclerenaissance.com
Master Bike – 265 W72nd St, New York, NY 10023 Phone: 212 -580-2355 Web: www.masterbikeshop.com
Liberty Cycles – 846 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 757-2418 Web: www.libertycyclesnyc.com
Al’s Cycle Solutions – 693 10th Ave, New York 10036 Phone: (212) 247-3300 Web: www.alscyclesolutions.com
Zen Bikes – 134 W24th St, New York, NY 10011 Phone: (212) 929-2453 Web: www.zenbikes.com
Echelon Cycles – 51 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014 Phone: (212) 206-7656 Web: www.echeloncyclesnyc.com
CC Cyclery – 530 E 13th St, New York, NY 10009 Phone: 646.602.6944 Web: www.continuumcycles.com
Fank’s Bike Shop – 553 Grand St, New York, NY 10002 Phone: 212-533-6332 Web: www.franksbikes.com
New Bo Bo Bicycles – 96 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013 Phone: (212) 226-1668
Hilltop NYC Bicycles – 128 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002 Phone: (212) 254-8503 Web: www.hilltopbicycles.com
Redbeard Bikes – 69 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: (718) 858-2453 Web: www.redbeardbikes.com
R&A Cycles – 105 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Phone: (718) 636-5242 Web: www.racycles.com
Fulton Bikes – 997 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Phone: (718) 638-2453 Web: www.fultonbikes.com
Bicycle Roots – 609 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216 Phone: (718) 668-5224 Web: www.bicycleroots.com
Spin City Cycle – 98-73 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY 11374 Phone: (718) 896-8850 Web: www.spincitycycle.com
Twin Bicycle & Sporting Goods – 7520 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, NY 11379 Phone: (718) 326-7725
Bellitte Bicycles – 7169-20 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432 Phone: (718) 739-3795
Arc De Triomphe Bicycles – 114-01 Jamaica Ave, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 Phone: (718) 846-2099
Neighborhood Cycle – 571 Courtlandt Ave, The Bronx, NY 10451 Phone: (718) 665-6031
Bronx Cycles – 112 E 157th St, The Bronx, NY 10451 Web: www.bronx-cycles.com/bicycle.html
Hempstead Village Bike Shop – 48 Main St A, Hempstead, NY 11550 Phone: (516) 485-0661
Merrick Bicycles – 1829 Merrick Ave, Merrick, NY 11566 Phone: (516) 544-4770 Web: www.merrickbicycles.com
Brickwell Cycling – 7 Northern Blvd, Greenvale, NY 11548 Phone: (516) 439-5553 Web: www.brickwell.com
The Bicycle Planet – 340 Robbins Ln, Syosset, NY 11791 Phone: (516) 364-4434 Web: www.thebicycleplanet.com
Bike Junkie – 272 Broadway #3, Bethpage, NY 11714 Phone: (516) 932-7271 Web: www.bikejunkie.com
Online Bike Stores
Online shopping has become the norm for many people and while some bike shops have an online store as well, not all do. Sometimes your local bike shop doesn’t have the variety you are looking for or you prefer shopping from your couch. Below are a selection of my favorites that are still supporting small business owners.
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Ridden & Written by
Dwayne Burgess (Manual Pedal)
*This review is based on my personal opinion and experience. Some images are of original content and some are sourced from Google Images.